Fans are counting the days until the Gilmore Girls reboot debuts. From the return of Melissa McCarthy, who has succeeded in a dramatic 75-pound weight loss since the original show, to the speculation about how those romances that played out during the original show have developed, Gilmore Girls promises to serve up generous helpings of comedy, drama, and love.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will be released by Netflix on Friday, November 25, with the four-part revival planned as a return to Stars Hollow, reported Entertainment Weekly.
Lauren Graham, who played Lorelai, recalled season 7 of Gilmore Girls and the changes that occurred prior to the cancellation.
“I was in a scene in that seventh season and I thought, ‘Something feels so odd to me.’ And it was I was in a scene with two other people and I wasn’t talking,” she explained.
Season 7 seemed different because “creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, along with executive producer Daniel Palladino, left the show after season 6 due to contract disputes,” according to the media outlet. The cancellation left fans with a season 7 finale showing Rory (Alexis Bledel) going off to cover the Obama campaign, and Lorelai reigniting her romance with Luke (Scott Patterson).
Now, however, fans can watch the Gilmore Girls revival offer a different ending, with Sherman-Palladino even providing the “final four words that she’d first imagined in season 1,” hinted EW. Included in that revival are the familiar characters from the original, including Melissa McCarthy’s character, Sookie.
“It’s a story about women at crossroads in their lives,” shared Sherman-Palladino. “It’s going to have more…emotion, because there’s more time and when you’ve got time, you don’t have to truncate moments.”
But TV Insider pointed out that the Gilmore Girls reboot “has been a long time coming,” and Keiko Agena, who reprises her character Lane, admitted that the cast initially didn’t think that a revival would happen.
“Questions would come up about a reunion, but we never thought it would happen.”
However, that’s where Netflix came in, and Sherman-Palladino views that platform as key to reviving Gilmore Girls.
“The bottom line is that we needed a Netflix,” she mused. “It ended up happening organically.”
As for trying to persuade the original actors to return, there were no problems, although there was a period of uncertainty before the confirmation that Melissa would reprise her role as Chef Sookie. Graham views McCarthy’s return as important.
“That took a minute to come together,” noted Lauren about her return. “Had it not, I don’t think this would have been so complete and satisfying.”
Even though it’s Rory’s and Lorelai’s updates that provide suspense for reviewers when it comes to the Gilmore Girls revival, Brit & Co. pointed out that Melissa’s character of Sookie St. James contributed to the magic of the series. Lauren noted that McCarthy is “so busy” that it initially wasn’t certain she would be able to participate.
“You know, the way these things come together is so circuitous and she’s so busy,” pointed out Graham.
“[Melissa McCarthy’s return] was the final piece of the puzzle to make sure that the show felt whole.”
Melissa recently became a celebrity weight loss winner and lost 75 pounds with a low-carb diet and fitness plan, according to Foods4BetterHealth.
McCarthy reportedly used a high-protein weight loss diet that was low in carbohydrates and sipped green tea. Her meals featured certain fruits and vegetables along with proteins such as “organic eggs, fish, and fat free turkey,” according to the media outlet. A sample weight loss dinner reportedly might include vegetables and beef in addition to a healthy fat such as avocado.
In addition, Melissa reportedly turned to high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and her varied fitness plan to maintain her weight loss ranged from martial arts to squats. The media outlet also told readers that McCarthy works out five days a week, then gives herself a break on weekends.
Hollywood Life noted that Melissa has shared that when it comes to her fitness regime and weight loss diet, what began as martial arts training for a specific movie, Spy, has become a “more permanent lifestyle change of making healthier choices.” That lifestyle includes her high-protein, low-carb weight loss diet along with her fitness plan, according to the media outlet.
McCarthy has one more weight loss secret that she revealed.
“I truly stopped worrying about it,” said the actress. “I think there’s something to kinda loosening up and not being so nervous and rigid about it that, bizarrely, has worked.”
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